River Ardèche Gorges 4 May 2011

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To-day, we are going to visit and hike the gorges of the river Ardèche. As usual, we have waited for very fine weather for we want to make a success with the photos.

1-Pont-St.Esprit(30) 04.05.11a

We cross the river Rhône and enter the Gard département. Here is Pont-Saint-Esprit seen from its old bridge.

2-Gorges de l'Ardèche RD290-04.05.11a

3-Gorges de l'Ardèche RD290-04.05.11a

The road RD290 offers quite a lot of fine points of view of the gorges.

4a-Vallon-Pont-d'Arc(07) Côté Est 04.05.11a

4b-Vallon-Pont-d'Arc(07) Côté Est 04.05.11a

The Vallon-Pont-d’Arc arch is the star turn of this outing. Here is the east side of this natural monument in the morning light. I think it’s not possible to cross the river on foot using this ‘bridge’, though.

4-Gorges de l'Ardèche Rando 04.05.11a

We turn round and drive a few kilometers, then we park and walk down to the river.

5-Gorges de l'Ardèche Campanule 04.05.11a

Bellflowers like waterside coolness.

6-Gorges de l'Ardèche 'Cathédrale' 04.05.11a

We hike to this rock nicknamed ‘the Cathedral’, on the left bank. When I looked at the photo at home, I realized one can sight like a king’s face staring at us severely. This illusion that there are faces everywhere is called pareidolia. See an amazing example of this phenomenon HERE.

7-Gorges de l'Ardèche Rando 04.05.11a

The fine views deserve a small effort sometimes.

8a-Vallon-Pont-d'Arc(07) Côté Ouest 04.05.11a

We go back to the car and drive again to Vallon-Pont-d’Arc arch because we want to see the other side of it in the afternoon light.

8b-Vallon-Pont-d'Arc(07) Côté Ouest 04.05.11a 

Which side do you prefer? Both are very impressive.

9-Gorges de l'Ardèche RD290-04.05.11a

The light has changed on the gorges as well. We stop once more, on our way home, to admire this omega-shaped meander.                       Huberaime

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Enseignant, né en 1955, passionné de photo, nature, rando et patrimoine provençal. N'hésitez pas à m'écrire si vous voulez gratuitement des photos non filigranées, faire des sorties avec nous ou simplement échanger des impressions: huberaime@hotmail.fr
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3 Responses to River Ardèche Gorges 4 May 2011

  1. Pingback: Gorges de l’Ardèche 4 mai 2011 | PHOTOS DE PROVENCE

  2. Barbier says:

    Bonsoir. Très belles photos des gorges de l’Ardèche, que j’aime beaucoup. Tout proche la grotte de l’Aven d’Orgnac, que je connais bien, offre un spectacle naturel somptueux ! Connaissez vous la grotte Chauvet, à Vallon Pont d’Arc, joyaux de l’Humanité, inscrite à l’Unesco, cela fait très longtemps que l’on voudrait la visiter. Il faudrait que l’on programme cette sortie un weekend, ce n’est pas loin de chez nous ! A bientôt. Martine

  3. Huberaime says:

    Bonjour Martine. Non, nous n’avons pas encore visité la reconstitution de la grotte Chauvet. Je ne sais pas si c’est fidèle par rapport à l’original, mais je pense que cela vaut la peine d’essayer. Très belle region en tous cas. Merci pour votre visite.

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